Laos

Laos: Beyond The Ordinary 16 days

Our Laos: Beyond the Ordinary journey tempts you off the well-travelled path to show you an alternative side to this quiet and beautiful country. Travel along new roads, past Buddhist caves, atmospheric temples and Phonsavan’s mysterious stone jars, meeting tribal communities as you navigate through the landscape discovering the extraordinary within the everyday.

At a glance

  • Bask in the beauty of a Wat Phou sunrise
  • Swim beneath stalactites in a quarter-mile long cavern
  • Connect with remote rural communities
  • Follow an old rail route deep into the forest
  • Discover the Vietnam War's impact on Laos
  • Float down the Nam Nern river on a night boat safari

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know. 

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 - 45 - 6
Standard£2,519£1,804£1,621

Nakorn Guesthouse

Nakorn Guesthouse began life as a popular riverside café serving up traditional Lao cuisine. Jacques and One (the Belgian & Lao owners) decided to branch out into the guesthouse market...
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Inthira Thakek

The Inthira Thakhek is a modest, friendly hotel with a homely ambiance right in the centre of Thakek. Just a few minutes walk from the banks of the River Mekong and the local market…
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Spring River Resort

Spring River Resort enjoys a location beside the Hinboun River, tucked away amongst mountains and trees, just two kilometres from the Kong Lor caves. It’s a wonderfully peaceful and picturesque setting...
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Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel

The Plain of Jars is one of the most intriguing sights in Laos, and the Vansana is a perfectly placed hotel for exploring the region, with astonishing views...
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Xayphasouk Hotel

One of the most remote and ethnically diverse areas of Laos, Sam Neua is a convenient base to explore the nearby fascinating caves of Vieng Xai and experience some of the best mountain scenery of the country...
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Nam Nern Eco Lodge

The Nam Nern Ecolodge is the only place to stay within the Nam Et National Park, and is located near the park headquarters, overlooking the Nam Nern River from the forest edge. Accommodation comprises of basic, traditional Lao style huts, built and managed by the community.

Nong Khiaw Riverside

Wonderfully rustic accommodation on the banks of the Nam Ou River, the Nong Khiaw Riverside is a gem of a property…
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Le Sen Boutique

Beautifully located for exploring Luang Prabang, the Le Sen's leafy, secluded setting is only fifteen minutes stroll from...
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Superior£2,700£1,987£1,802

River Resort

Laos is all about lush serenity and The River Resort gets this spot on - just 14 villas set along the Mekong River’s bank, surrounded by tropical grassland & rice paddies. Balconies wrap-around every villa...
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Le Bouton D'Or

This rather grand looking, colonial style boutique hotel enjoys a central Thakek location on the banks of the Mekong River...
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Spring River Resort

Spring River Resort enjoys a location beside the Hinboun River, tucked away amongst mountains and trees, just two kilometres from the Kong Lor caves. It’s a wonderfully peaceful and picturesque setting...
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Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel

The Plain of Jars is one of the most intriguing sights in Laos, and the Vansana is a perfectly placed hotel for exploring the region, with astonishing views...
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Xayphasouk Hotel

One of the most remote and ethnically diverse areas of Laos, Sam Neua is a convenient base to explore the nearby fascinating caves of Vieng Xai and experience some of the best mountain scenery of the country...
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Nam Nern Eco Lodge

The Nam Nern Ecolodge is the only place to stay within the Nam Et National Park, and is located near the park headquarters, overlooking the Nam Nern River from the forest edge. Accommodation comprises of basic, traditional Lao style huts, built and managed by the community.

Mandala Ou

Nong Khiaw's latest bungalow resort is situated on the banks of the peaceful Nam Ou River with spectacular views across the water to the dramatic high karst mountains that surround the small town...
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Maison Dalabua

This charming boutique hotel is located a short walk from Luang Prabang's historical centre and surrounded by UNESCO classified lotus ponds...
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Deluxe£2,882£2,169£1,984

River Resort

Laos is all about lush serenity and The River Resort gets this spot on - just 14 villas set along the Mekong River’s bank, surrounded by tropical grassland & rice paddies. Balconies wrap-around every villa...
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Le Bouton D'Or

This rather grand looking, colonial style boutique hotel enjoys a central Thakek location on the banks of the Mekong River...
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Spring River Resort

Spring River Resort enjoys a location beside the Hinboun River, tucked away amongst mountains and trees, just two kilometres from the Kong Lor caves. It’s a wonderfully peaceful and picturesque setting...
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Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel

The Plain of Jars is one of the most intriguing sights in Laos, and the Vansana is a perfectly placed hotel for exploring the region, with astonishing views...
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Xayphasouk Hotel

One of the most remote and ethnically diverse areas of Laos, Sam Neua is a convenient base to explore the nearby fascinating caves of Vieng Xai and experience some of the best mountain scenery of the country...
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Nam Nern Eco Lodge

The Nam Nern Ecolodge is the only place to stay within the Nam Et National Park, and is located near the park headquarters, overlooking the Nam Nern River from the forest edge. Accommodation comprises of basic, traditional Lao style huts, built and managed by the community.

Mandala Ou

Nong Khiaw's latest bungalow resort is situated on the banks of the peaceful Nam Ou River with spectacular views across the water to the dramatic high karst mountains that surround the small town...
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Satri House

Previously a residence of Prince Soupha- Nouvong, Satri House underwent extensive renovation in 2008. The result is magnificent and for our money the hotel instantly became a serious contender for Luang Prabang’s boutique hotel crown...
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Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBP.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

  • Just because Laos is landlocked doesn't mean that you can't spend a few days on the beach. In most instances you will fly to Laos via Bangkok, ensuring easy access to many of Thailand's world famous beach resorts without the need to pay for extra flights.
  • Extend your time in the south and visit the Bolaven Plateau: a scenic area with a cooler climate that is famous for waterfalls, jungle and coffee plantations. For a totally unique experience we can arrange a more off-the-beaten track exploration of the Bolaven Plateau region in a 1960’s-era Army jeep, accompanied by a specialist local guide who is also an expert in coffee.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights from the UK
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter Laos. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

Make it yours! Call a Laos specialist on 01273 670 001

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We're

Geoff - Selective Asia consultant

'If you like to fall off the radar and visit remote regions of a country that your average foreign tourist hasn’t heard of, then this is the trip for you!'

Lionel - Indochina tailor-made specialist
Laos: Beyond The Ordinary